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#1 2012-01-11 13:46:05

Registered: 2008-04-26
Posts: 124

Video: The Greatest Grid

Below is a link to a video of Hilary Ballon, curator at the Museum of the City of New York and editor of The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 (Columbia University Press, 2011), talking about the book and exhibit. Enjoy.



#2 2012-02-01 22:08:16

Registered: 2009-03-01
Posts: 1343

Re: Video: The Greatest Grid

Thanx, admin. I'd always taken Manhattan's grid for granted w/o any thought as to how complex it really is. It appears so simple.



#3 2012-02-02 18:56:09

Registered: 2008-05-15
Posts: 1927

Re: Video: The Greatest Grid

I can see why they started the grid where 1st St. is, as everything south of it was already well established in the mish mosh of little skinny streets that still exist to this day.
What puzzles me is Broadway. Slanting SE to NW through a very fine grid.
Is it a very old, revered, road that they just let stay and conflict with the grid?




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